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Spirited drivers, canyon carvers, and modified import enthusiasts take note...


If you are into spirited driving, canyon carving, or import tuning? A surprise awaits in your Los Angeles County voter guide...on page 6.

This measure seeks to increase the tax expected to pay for consumer goods by 6%, colored as the "Los Angeles County Public Safety, Emergency Response, and Crime Prevention Measure."

That's right...Ponch and Jon want to raid your wallet some more to help pay for their time sitting in the dark on a lonely two lane road after midnight with their instant-on K band radar guns.

Oh, so you're against cops and for the criminals you say?

Sit up straight and read closely: there is a lot more beneath the surface of this smokescreen.

The real reason they want this measure passed is hidden in the fine print:

"...expand community policing."

In other words...victimless crime. What is victimless crime? Speeding, passing over double yellows, illegal tint, etc. Don't be deceived; not a single cent is going to go where it is really needed. Have you driven around after hours? Cops are tripping over each other around here. They're chillin in parking lots with their buddies or they're somewhere lights out in the middle of BFE awaiting the next lonely sap to come barreling down the road (for those who read my blog - see www link at the bottom of my post - check out the post on 9/24 about my V1 saving my arse).

Not a single damn cent of this tax will go to fire, search and rescue, education, road maintenance and repair, etc., where the resources and funding are really needed.

Ponch and Jon want it both ways: the revenue stream from the local kangaroo traffic courts and forcing a burden on every citizen in the county so that they can buy more toys themselves in hopes of snatching more motorists. If they really wanted to improve crime prevention, terrorism response (yeah right), etc., they should reconsider what they're doing with their resources. Setting up a speed trap on a light-traveled road under a full moon isn't exactly my idea of community policing.

Measure A only seeks to reward the inefficiency of the system by unnecessarily burdening the taxpayer further. With California in a deep fiscal mess the writing is on the wall.

Sadly, the uninformed will flush what they read here down the toilet and blindly vote for this bureaucratic bull**** on the premise of "homeland security." Don't reward the police departments for their incompetence and inefficacy.

They need to work with what they have.

If you drive spiritedly on the back roads? If you drive around in your tricked out import? The police want to raise your taxes so that they can send more henchmen after your cohort. If this measure passes you'll certainly be feeling the effects of it.


ON NOVEMBER 2, VOTE NO ON MEASURE A.
 

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phooey.

what's next.... they consider farting in a car a form of modifying the exhaust?
 

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wow - hand't heard that. Was planning on voting no on A anyways but now I'm going to have to make sure my wife does as well :) Thanks for the heads up Alpha!
 

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Just to further prove my point...

I personally witnessed two modified Mazdas (one was a RX7) being swooped down by a pair of pandas - one for each car - while the owners were parked roadside on a certain canyon road (I'm intentionally leaving the name out but it shouldn't be hard to figure out where). When I returned through the same spot nearly an hour later, there were four cruisers and the owners were being whisked off to the big house. Whatever they were doing, the fuzz were pouncing on them.


How did I slip through unnoticed? It helps to have a low profile vehicle. ;)

I've also noticed an upswing of canyon panda sightings recently. They're really cracking down out there.


So much for enjoying my drive under the full moon, free of the marine layer. I was in Festiva mode after seeing what happened before my eyes.


If you have an obviously tricked out vehicle, steer clear of these roads for a while. You may have to venture out of LA and Orange County to enjoy the drive.
 

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I know what your talking about I take a certain canyon road as a short cut to a certain place up north, and its always crowded with pandas,

I even drove home pretty tired once at 11:00 at night and just as I exited the road there were 2 pandas racing up past me.
 

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yikes.. i wasnt sure what to make of Measure A, but now i'm definitely voting no. thanks for the heads up..

i'm still kinda torn on prop 68 however. On the one hand, having more casinos would result in greater revenue for the state and also easier access to local cardrooms (as i'm a poker player myself) but the flipside would be more traffic and such from the increase of casinos.
 
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